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Business 40 Improvement Project
As Winston-Salem's downtown continues to develop into a thriving urban hub, the 1.2-mile stretch of Business 40 that runs through downtown is due for structural improvements and overall beautification. The three-year project, spearheaded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), is a multi-phased project that began last Fall and is slated for completion in late 2020. The finished project will offer travelers safer roadways in and out of Winston-Salem's bustling downtown, and add and improve pedestrian walkways through and around downtown.
While construction crews work to complete the expansion of Peters Creek Parkway (learn more about that here), the 1.2-mile section of Business 40 between Peters Creek Parkway and U.S. 52. will close on Sunday, November 17, at 6 a.m. Find up-to-date road closure information, along with easy-to-navigate detour routes here.
If you have any questions, please call Visit Winston-Salem toll-free at 866.728.4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 17 at 6 a.m. a 1.2-mile section of Business 40 between Peters Creek Parkway and U.S. 52 will temporarily close as part of the Business 40 Improvement Project. Sections between downtown Winston-Salem and the I-40 splits, near Clemmons and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market will remain open. Detour signs will guide pass-through traffic onto I-40. The following downtown road bridges will also close at the same time: Liberty Street, Main Street, and Church Street, as well as the Strollway pedestrian bridge. All of them will be replaced with new bridges.
The project provides wider lanes, longer access and exit ramps, higher bridges, an increased speed limit, a modern look and a new name - Salem Parkway/U.S. 421.
There will be two pedestrian bridges and a tunnel. The footbridges connect the city's Greenway project, providing a walkable route from the Long Branch Trail at the Innovation Quarter in downtown to BB&T Ballpark.
Two upcoming nighttime closures will take place on Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14 beginning at 7 p.m. on Business 40 between Cloverdale Avenue and Peters Creek Parkway:
7:00 pm - Thursday, December 13th - close inside lane of Business 40 (in both directions) between Cloverdale Avenue and Peters Creek Parkway
9:00 pm - Thursday, December 13th - close all lanes in both directions of Business 40 between Cloverdale Avenue and Peters Creek Parkway
6:00 am - Friday, December 14th - reopen all lanes of Business 40 between Cloverdale Avenue and Peters Creek Parkway
7:00 pm - Friday, December 14th - close inside lane of Business 40 (in both directions) between Cloverdale Avenue and Peters Creek Parkway
9:00 pm - Friday, December 14th - close all lanes in both directions of Business 40 between Cloverdale Avenue and Peters Creek Parkway
4:00 pm - Saturday, December 15th - reopen all lanes of Business 40 between Cloverdale Avenue and Peters Creek Parkway
During the road closure times, eastbound Business 40 motorists will exit at Cloverdale Avenue and will follow the signed detour route of Cloverdale Avenue to West 1st Street to Peters Creek Parkway. Once on Peters Creek Parkway, motorists looking to continue on Business 40 East will follow the signs to I-40 East to US-52 North and then exit onto Business 40 East.
Motorists wishing to access westbound Business 40 from Peters Creek Parkway will continue north on Peters Creek Parkway and follow the signs to West 1st Street to Cloverdale Avenue and enter Business 40 West. To view an interactive map of the detour routes, please click the link: Business 40 - Upcoming Weekend Closure
For up to date detours, NCDOT has partnered with Waze to bring you real-time traffic information in and around the Business 40 project site.
View an illustration of the detour routes here: Business 40 - Detour Routes
You can view updated information for the Business 40 construction project at the project website: www.business40nc.com
PART – Your Business 40 Transportation Resource
The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) wants to help you reduce the stress and challenges getting to work during the Business 40 closure. We have programs and services that can help you use your daily commute to do more than just fight traffic! Sharing the ride just one day a week can make a difference.
New and improved transportation options and discounts have been developed with funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
Visit www.partnc.org/biz40 to find out more about enhanced bus service, vanpool options, and even 50% discounts to ride!
Business 40 Project Milestones
Peters Creek Parkway construction -- Began Fall 2017 - Fall 2018
Business 40 Closes** -- Fall 2018
Project Complete -- Late 2020
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.
** Full closure of Business 40 will not occur until after construction on Peters Creek Parkway is complete.
For questions concerning construction schedules, closures, and planning, please contact a local NCDOT representative below:
Mezak Tucker, P.E.
NCDOT Resident Engineer
452 Central Avenue
Lexington, NC 27292
Pat Ivey, P.E.
NCDOT Division Engineer
375 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Wright Archer, P.E.
NCDOT Division Construction Engineer
375 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27127